Online GMAT Exam

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Online GMAT Exam

As online learning became the preferred learning mode in the current pandemic situation, many national and global-level exams have also been availed in the online version. One of the top MBA entrance exams, GMAT has also been modified into an online version to help students from across the globe take the test from the comfort of their homes without worrying about visiting the exam centre. This blog brings you an exclusive guide on the online GMAT exam, its test dates for 2022, the registration process as well as how you can crack this slightly different version and get a better score to land into your dream business school!

Total Duration 3 Hours 23 minutes
Exam Duration 3 hours 7 minutes
Check-in 15 minutes
1 Optional break 5 minutes
Exam Sections Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning & AWA section
Additional Details Candidates can use a physical or online whiteboard for rough calculations.
Can be taken on Windows or Mac Laptop or PC

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What is the GMAT Online Exam?

GMAC launched the online GMAT exam for impacted regions which are located outside of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Slovenia and North Korea and for anyone who was planning to appear for this exam this year.  It is a version of the original GMAT exam which is being conducted in a remote proctored environment. Appointments for the exam are available round the clock and dates are available 6-months out on a rolling basis.

Online GMAT Exam 2022 Changes

GMAC has announced enhancements to the GMAT Online Exam 2022. With these enhancements, the GMAT Online exam will provide you with even more choices and flexibility. Here are the enhancements that will be available: 

  • View your official score immediately
  • Selection of your section order
  • Take two 8-minute optional breaks
  • Write your AWA assessment
  • Disability accommodations
  • 5 free score reports which must be used within 48 hours of receiving the official score

Registration, Fees & Documents

There is a simplified process for registering for the GMAT online exam. You need to visit the official website of the exam by clicking here and then creating a new account by clicking on “Register Now”. Then, select your appointment details, i.e. online exam date and time as per your choice and preference and then complete the GMAT registration.

The exam fee for GMAT online is 200 USD (roughly 14,720 INR) and this also comprises free and unlimited score reports sent to business schools and universities around the world. Along with this, here are the accepted ID documents you can choose from to show the ID proof before the exam:

  • Passport
  • Military ID (spouse and dependents added)
  • Driver’s License
  • Any national or local identification card
  • Any registration card such as visa, green card, permanent resident, etc)

Also, there is no reschedule or cancelling charges for the online exam and you can only reschedule/cancel your exam within 24 hours of the appointment date and time and after that, no changes are allowed.

GMAC has also provided disability accommodations with 50% and 100% extended time as well as a 10-minute extended break and respective candidates can schedule an appointment only after their accommodation is approved. For this, you must sign up as a test taker with disabilities on the registration page here.

Eligiblity for the At-Home GMAT Exam

The online GMAT test will be available in impacted geographies, outside of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Slovenia. Thus, anyone who is not able to take the test due to COVID-19 is eligible for taking the GMAT exam at home. 

Exam Pattern

The GMAT online version has a similar exam pattern to the offline mode and the sections are as follows: 

The Section Order for the GMAT online exam:

  • Candidates will have the flexibility to choose from three options for their exam’s section order:
    • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
    • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
    • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

Check out our exclusive blogs on GMAT syllabus and GMAT exam pattern to know about all these sections in detail!

System Requirements for Online GMAT Exam

As per GMAC, below are the system requirements for taking GMAT Online: 

Technical Requirement  Technical Specifications
Operating System Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Mac OS 10.13 and above
Firewall Do not take your exam in a setting with a corporate firewall (including VPN), or, alert your network administrator
Display Minimum Resolution: 1024 x 768 in 16 Bit Color. 
Internet Browser The newest version of Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox
Internet Connection A consistent connection speed of 1 Mbps down/up is required.
Webcam Must have a resolution of 640 x 480 @ 10 fps
Sound & Microphone Verify the audio and microphone are not set on mute in Windows and repair technical glitch if any. 
Browser Settings Internet cookies must be enabled

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How to Take GMAT Online Exam?

Since the online GMAT can be slightly newer in terms of taking the exam online, there are certain things you must keep in mind while appearing for this new version. Here are some useful tips to help you ace the online GMAT:

Practicing the Online GMAT Version Before the Exam

Make sure to go through the online whiteboard available as a rough sheet during the exam. Here’s a snapshot of the online whiteboard which you can use during the exam and you can practice on it before by visiting the official GMAT website.

GMAT Online Whiteboard
Image Courtesy: mba.com

Go through the policies and procedures available on the official website, check the ID requirements (mentioned above) and also run a system test by clicking here to ensure that your computer and internet is ready.

During the GMAT exam

The check-in time for GMAT online is 15 minutes so make sure that you are available online within this time and then remove any devices [headphones, mobile, notes, etc.] from the computer or laptop you are using. You can also not use touchscreens, stylus or graphic tablets during the exam.

What to Do After the Exam

Wait until 7 business days for the official scores of GMAT online exam which will be submitted in your account. You can then start sending your scores to your preferred business schools and universities. Moreover, the approach to GMAT scoring and results is the same for the online version.

The GMAT score validity is of 5 years and cancellations or retakes for the exam are not provided unless authorized retakes or technical issues are validated.

GMAT Offline v/s GMAT Online

Following is a comparison between the offline and online versions of teh GMAT:

Features GMAT Offline GMAT Online
Structure Four sections, to be completed in the order of your choosing: Quant, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment. There are two optional 8-minute breaks.  Four sections, to be completed in the order of your choosing: Quant, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment. There are two optional 8-minute breaks. 
Duration 3 hours 7 minutes, plus 30 minutes for check-in. 3 hours 7 minutes, plus 30 minutes for check-in.
Scoring Your Official Score Report will display your Total Score, section scores, and your percentile ranking The unofficial score will display on screen upon completion of the exam.  Your Official Score Report will display your Total Score, section scores, and your percentile ranking The unofficial score will display on screen upon completion of the exam. 
Appointment Availability Available 7 days a week and can be scheduled up to 6 months in advance Available around the clock. 
Exam Attempts 5 attempts in a rolling 12-month period and 8 lifetime attempts. 5 attempts in a rolling 12-month period and 8 lifetime attempts.
Scratch Work Resources A 5-page laminated booklet and two dry erase markers are provided. You may use your own physical whiteboard and you will have access to an online whiteboard. 
Accommodations Additional testing time, breaks, and access to other resources.  Additional testing time and extended break times.
Score Sending Select up to 5 programs to receive your scores at no charge. Additional score reports are available for a fee.  Send 5 free score reports to programs within 48 hours of receiving your official scores. Additional score reports are available for a fee.

FAQs

Can you take the GMAT test online?

Yes, GMAC has introduced the online GMAT version which you can take from the comfort of your home.

Is the format of the new ‘GMAT Online’ different?

GMAT online exam has the same sections, i.e. Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning and the AWA section.

How much does online GMAT cost?

The exam fee for GMAT online version is 200$ (roughly 14,700 INR).

Is the At-Home GMAT Exam temporary?

As of now, the GMAT online is temporary. However, GMAC will continue to add appointments throughout 2022 on a rolling basis. 

What should I do if my GMAT test centre is closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Do not worry. GMAC has introduced the ‘GMAT Online’. Now you can take the official GMAT exam from the comfort of your home.

Thus, the online GMAT exam brings a wave of relief amongst those aiming to appear for GMAT this year but is restricted by the Covid-situation as now you can easily undertake this exam from the comfort of your home. Preparing for the GMAT exam? Leverage Live offers exclusive online classes from best-in-class experts and mentors as well as premium study material and doubt-clearance sessions to help you get your dream score and land into your chosen business school! Sign up for a free demo session with us today!

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